Legendary England pacer James Anderson has expressed sadness over the cancellation of the fifth and final Test against India at Old Trafford in Manchester. The last Test of the series was due to start on September 10. It was, however, called off after COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp.
The ECB has written to the ICC, requesting them ask them to start the adjudication process for the Old Trafford Test. The fifth and final Test of the series between India and England did not go ahead after visitors decided to not take part in the match after COVID-19 their camp. While the series currently stands 2-1 in India’s favour, a decision is yet to be taken over whether the final Test stands cancelled or will be considered forfeited by India.
India captain Virat Kohli revealed after the team’s emphatic win at The Oval that Jasprit Bumrah asked for the ball as soon as it started reversing on Day 5 of the Test match. Bumrah (2/27) was one of the star performers as India thumped England 157 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour admitted that the team was a bit distracted ahead of Day 4 of The Oval Test after they came to know that their head coach Ravi Shastri had tested positive for COVID-19. The BCCI informed on Sunday that the medical team had isolated Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and physiotherapist Nitin Patel as a precautionary measure after the head coach’s lateral flow test returned positive on Saturday evening.
Team India opener Rohit Sharma hit a smashing hundred on Day 3 of The Oval Test against England as the visitors ended the day in ascendancy, at 270 for 3. Rohit hit 127 off 256 balls and featured in a 153-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (61) as India ended Day 3 with a lead of 171 and seven wickets in hand. Indian captain Virat Kohli (22 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (9 not out) were at the crease when bad light forced stumps.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan described England batter Ollie Pope as a player of sheer class after the latter top-scored with 81 on Day 2 of The Oval Test. Thanks to Pope’s efforts, England recovered from a precarious 62 for 5 to post a healthy 290. They thus gained a significant first-innings lead of 99. India ended the day on 43 for no loss.
Team India all-rounder Shardul Thakur was the surprise top-scorer for the team on Day 1 of The Oval Test. Sent into bat after losing the toss, India had crumbled to 127 for 7. However, a feisty 57 of 36 balls from Thakur lifted India to 191. Thakur slammed seven fours and three sixes in his innings. He reached his fifty off 31 balls, going past Ian Botham's record to register the fastest Test fifty on English soil.
England captain Joe Root on Tuesday credited his bowlers for not allowing Indian captain Virat Kohli to score a lot of runs in the first three Tests of the five-match series. However, he exercised caution and added that England must keep Kohli quiet for the next two Tests as well to win the Test series.
England head coach Chris Silverwood has stated that England captain Joe Root learnt from his mistakes in the Lord's Test and made the adjustments at Headingley. England dominated the Lord’s Test but some baffling tactics on the last day saw them lose focus and concede the Test by 151 runs. The hosts, however, hit back hard at Headingley and trampled India by an innings and 76 runs to level the five-match series 1-1.